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Strong winds knock down trees all over Chicago area, leaving thousands without power

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago

North Clifton Avenue in Wrigleyville, Chicago
Thousands of Chicago-area residents were without power on Saturday as a strong storm barreled through.

The wind gusts were up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

ComEd said that as of about 4 p.m., there were 1,354 outages affecting 28,535 customers.

There were trees down in many places, including Chicago, Elgin, and Griffith, Indiana.


Wild winds knock out power to 300K in western Washington state


Driving back to his North Everett home from Lynnwood on Friday night, Dan Laurence was reminded of a hurricane he experienced years before in Bermuda.

All the lights were out, leaves were swirling, and branches were flying through the air. When he and his wife got inside, it felt like the entire house was vibrating. On the bluff below, cedar trees were dancing around like "bed knobs and broomsticks," he said. "It was really pretty wild."

Peering into the darkness, they realized the wind had uprooted an 80-year-old elm tree in their neighbor's front yard.

"This huge root ball was sticking up and you could see that it was just gone," he said. "It was the healthiest and biggest elm in the neighborhood."

Similar scenes played out across Western Washington as fierce winds from the season's first major storm ripped through the region, cutting power to more than 300,000 customers from the Olympic Peninsula to the Cascade foothills.

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Dominican Republic: Heavy rainfall causes flooding, power outages in Santo Domingo


Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding and power outages in Santo Domingo, as of late Nov. 4. Reports suggest that flooding has affected several homes, educational institutions, as well as public buildings. Juan Bosch metro station is reportedly flooded.

Several roads are impassable, and severe road transport disruptions are ongoing. Power outages have also been reported across the city. Emergency crews are responding to the situation.


Child killed in dog attack near Springdale, Arkansas

dog attack
The Washington County Prosecutor's Office confirmed a child was mauled by a dog.

The incident happened early afternoon Thursday, November 4 in the 20,000 block of Ballerina Rd in the Nob Hill area.

According to the Washington County Coroner's Office, a toddler's body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime lab for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Washington County Prosecutor's Office said the dog accused of the attack is being held at a secure location. The prosecutor's office said there is no danger to the public.

Arrow Down

At least 7 people dead after landslide caused by heavy rains in Anzoátegui, Venezuela

Landslides and floods kill seven in eastern Venezuela.

Landslides and floods kill seven in eastern Venezuela.
At least seven people have died as a result of a landslide caused by heavy rains in the Venezuelan town of Puerto la Cruz, in the northern state of Anzoátegui.

Specifically, the bodies of six people were found in Puerto La Cruz, while that of a child was found in the nearby town of Guanta, as detailed by the governor of Anzoátegui, Luis Marcano, in a statement.

"As a result of the heavy rains of yesterday, Thursday, three more people have been found dead in the Valle Verde sector of Puerto La Cruz, which brings to seven the number of people who have lost their lives in our state due to the damages between Sotillo and Guanta", Marcano stated in his Twitter account.


Tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least one person and injuring dozens

Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions
© Jeff Forward/AP
Scenes of devastation are visible in all directions along Lamar County Road 35940, west of State Highway 271, after a massive tornado hit the area, causing extensive damage and destroying an unknown number of homes, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 in Powderly, Texas.
Tornadoes tore through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring two dozens others and leaving dozens of homes and buildings in ruins.

Tornadoes hit hard in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, in the southeastern corner of the state. Cody McDaniel, the county's emergency manager, confirmed one death although he didn't immediately provide details.

The small town of Idabel saw a church, medical center and a school torn apart.

"There was total destruction on the south and east sides of Idabel," Steven Carter, an emergency management coordinator for McCurtain County, told the Texarkana Gazette.

Better Earth

Mysterious & unexplained blue auroral phenomenon photographed over Sweden

blue aurora
© Claudio Comi
The blue ribbon over Lake Tornetrask.
Yesterday in Sweden, sky watchers were puzzled when a strange ribbon of blue light appeared during a geomagnetic storm. "It didn't look like any auroras I have ever seen before," says Chad Blakley, the director of Lights over Lapland. One of his tour guides, Miquel Such, video-recorded the phenomenon.

A G1-class geomagnetic storm was underway on Nov. 3rd when the blue ribbon appeared. Webcams saw it first at 1615 UT (5:15 p.m. local Abisko time). It rapidly brightened to naked-eye visibility, then sank below the horizon 30 minutes later. The whole time, regular green auroras danced around and seemingly in front of it: movie [video can be found below]

But what was it?

Comment: A variety of unusual and unexplained phenomena has been appearing in our skies in recent years, with other, formerly rare, activity increasing in both frequency and intensity. Taken together, it's clear that there is a great shift afoot on our planet, part of which is reflected in our changing, cooling, atmosphere: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake recorded in Gulf of California

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 has been recorded in the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.

The earthquake occurred at 10:02 GMT 80.3 kilometers (49.9 miles) southwest of the Mexican town of Bahia de Kino with a population of 6,050 people. The source of the earthquake was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

There were no reports of casualties or damage.


Alder Flycatcher from North America turns up in Galway, Ireland

There is a general concensus in North America
© Brian McCloskey
There is a general concensus in North America that Alder Flycatcher is not reliably separated from the similar Willow Flycatcher in the field. However, this is often unfounded, with good-quality digital photographs helping to confirm identification.
Ireland's first Empidonax flycatcher has been confirmed as Alder Flycatcher by DNA analysis.

The finder of the bird, Steve Millar, took to Twitter to reveal the news that a sample he'd collected after the bird's departure had been tested by the wildlife forensics lab at the University of Aberdeen.

The results showed that the bird, which spent three days on the island of Inishbofin from 9-11 October, was an Alder Flycatcher - an ID that had been all but confirmed on field views. This should now mean a straightforward acceptance by the Irish Rare Birds Committee (IRBC) and therefore addition to the Irish list.

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Indonesia - At least 11 fatalities after floods and landslides in 8 provinces

Two young people died in floods in South Lampun
© BPBD Lampung Province
Two young people died in floods in South Lampung, Lampung Province on 27 October 2022.
Days of heavy rain, floods and landslides have caused damage and fatalities on Java, Sumatra and the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. Disaster authorities report at least 11 people have lost their lives in landslides and floods since 23 October 2022.

Java Island

Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Countermeasure, (abbreviated as BNPB) reported 3 people died and two were injured after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Sendang District, Tulungagung Regency, East Java Province on 23 October.